Troster, David Collection

Span Dates: 1963-1995
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 10 linear ft plus audiovisual


The collection, called 'fonds,' are arranged in 8 series. It contains 28,305 m of motion picture film, 35 videocassettes, 16 video reels, 14 audio reels, and 4 audiocassettes. The collection consists of films, videos and associated material created by David Troster from his student days at York University until his death in 1995. As an interrelated whole, the fonds contains Troster's completed and incomplete works as a producer of corporate and independent films and videos, in addition to records such as scripts and production files relating to this creative process. His journals and letters provide his own introspective view on his work and provide insight to the relationship between his person and his work.

Hist/Bio Note

David Benjamin Troster (1949-1995) was a Toronto based filmmaker who produced both independent films and corporate film and videos. His independent films centred on questions of cultural and sexual identity reflecting his own Jewish and gay identity. In his corporate production work he gained a reputation for productions for medical and pharmaceutical clients but also produced films and videos for banks and government agencies.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available in the archives; an online finding aid is available by searching the archival database.


This collection is held in the Archives of Ontario, Ontario's official repository. Contact information is available through their website at the following web address. Troster's independent films explore cultural and gay identity. His corporate work specialized in productions for medical and pharmaceutical clients.


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